‘Off with their heads!’ shouted the crowd as Charles and Camilla met rage in Regent Street

Saturday, December 11, 2010
By Paul Martin

It was a routine day of handshakes and small-talk for the royal couple. Then they took a wrong turn

Andy McSmith
Saturday, 11 December 2010

It was a busy day for the Duchess of Cornwall. She had a public engagement at lunch time, and another in the evening. That was twice the number of entries in her published diary as in her husband’s.

Theirs is a closeted existence, free of the stresses of normal life. Charles’s vast income from the Duchy of Lancaster relieves them of the need to work for money, though they try to make a few public appearances every week in support of good causes. And though we might envy their unearned wealth, most of us would find their lifestyle excruciatingly dull. Nothing much happens to disturb the routine of royal life.

But, for a few terrifying minutes on Thursday night, the couple were confronted by a section of the population who did not want to shake their hands or listen to their inconsequential small-talk. It appeared, fleetingly, as if the rioters on Regent Street actually intended to do them harm.

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